GetIN is an online platform for health care providers to strengthen the linkage between health care providers and young pregnant women to provide timely and quality maternal health care. It was launched in Kanungu district last month.
The rollout of GetIN mobile application is a part of UNFPA’s 15 years of continuous efforts to improve youth-friendly and maternal health service delivery to the district.
The mobile application enables health care providers to reach out to the “hard-to-reach” young pregnant women, map their physical location, and send key maternal health messages up until the three-month post pregnancy period, thereby improving their knowledge on how to ensure safe motherhood and post-partum family planning.
GetIN also collects accurate information of the young pregnant women (below 25 years old) and reports the data to a central dashboard, which is monitored by District Health Officer and District Bio-statistician. The dashboard provides information of the work done by the health care providers and creates an opportunity for the district health team to respond to any noted challenges in real time.
“GetIN will enhance the communication between health care providers and young pregnant women,” said Heph Kwesiga Muteesa a midwife at Kanungu District Hospital 4.
Donald Waruhanga, Technical Developer of GetIn, also enthusiastically explained benefits of GetIN offers, saying: “by utilizing this application, young pregnant women in rural communities will be able to access more health information and services. In a long run, our hope is to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality among young women.”
UNFPA believes that through innovative solutions, Uganda will register great improvements in sexual and reproductive health indicators for women and girls.